Lack of buzz greets Padres pitchers, catchers after '15 flop

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) There's a vastly different buzz around the San Diego Padres camp this spring training.

As in, pretty much no buzz.

The Padres flopped in 2015 after general manager A.J. Preller added several star players in an offseason shopping spree.

Many fans feel the Padres are rebuilding after finishing 74-88 and letting Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy leave as free agents, and trading Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit.

As new manager Andy Green welcomed pitchers and catchers Thursday, he says he's not concerned with outside prognostications.

Says Green: ''It's a different label this year than what the Padres had last year. I think these guys kind of relish that role, and we're going to embrace it.''

Right fielder Matt Kemp was among the handful of position players who reported early.